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Praia das Maçãs

Golden sands beach and the mouth of the river that gives it its name.

It is said that in autumn the river carried many apples from the farms it crossed to the sand, giving the beach its name.

The village only began to emerge at the end of the 19th century, when Father Matias del Campo, parish priest of Colares, an inhabitant of Azenhas do Mar named Manuel Prego and the composer and painter Alfredo Keil, author of "A Portuguesa", built there the first three houses.

But, in prehistory, men were already there and left traces and different materials from the Chalcolithic period (plate idols, ceramics, silex, etc.). On the left bank of the mouth of the Rio das Maçãs, in an elevation of land called Alto da Vigia, there would have been a temple dedicated to the Sun and the Moon.
In the 16th century, André de Resende and Francisco de Holanda, among others, will still have contacted the ruins of this sanctuary, since the first collects some epigraphic inscriptions and the second idealizes, in his book "Da Fábrica que Falece à Cidade de Lisboa", a reconstruction of the old Temple of the Sun and the Moon.

It has an extensive beach, providing the practice of beach sports, so it is very frequented by fans of water sports, such as bodyboarding and surfing. Around the beach, with about 250 meters, several houses of commerce were installed, from restaurants to cafes and bars, as well as houses of local handicrafts, so the place became a meeting point for the people of Sintra, who take advantage of their terraces and excellent food, in summer or winter.

Next to the beach, there is a salt water pool, a playground and a picnic area. At the ends of the beach, either on the left or on the right, there are slabs / rocks where you can fish with some stability.

In addition to the beach, one of the attractions of this area is the famous tram ride. The trail starts in the Estefânia area, next to the Museum of Modern Art of Sintra, passes through Colares and ends by the sea, at Praia das Maçãs.
 
Source: Visit Sintra